Giro Systems: Sustainable Packaging. How to sell fresh produce without harming the environment!

There is ever increasing concern about conservation and the environment. At Giro, the world leader for fresh produce packaging, there is a responsibility to provide solutions. The net package is one of the most sustainable that can be found among other consumer products and in particular food ones. The unique breathability and visibility of the net package does not only make the produce inside keep their natural properties, but they are displayed to the consumer in their best light, the most natural state possible. The current net bag weighs between 1.8kg and 10g to fit 1kg of fruit, a lot lower ratio in comparison to most packages in the food industry. The net bag has a lower carbon footprint when compared to other packages e.g. paper or cardboard.

Plastic and recyclability
The recyclability of plastic is undoubted from the technical point of view. Any thermoplastic can be re-melted and take other forms and uses through the known transformation techniques. However, the recyclability of a material does not only depend on the technical possibility but there is also a social education to properly separate household waste and organise the collection, selection and recycling systems and processes. These are key aspects in order to understand that packages, or plastic in particular are not the problem but the key is the legislation in a circular economy and an appropriate education.

We could say that, from a purely technical point of view any thermoplastic is recyclable and from an economical point of view it is recyclable when there is a suitable system to collect, classify and recycle. In many cases, since the classify-recycle and plastic obtaining process for new applications has not been established for economic reasons, energetic valorisation is the chosen one, in other words, the use of plastic collected as fuel for the production of energy. For this reason, the recyclability of thermoplastics depends on the systems and legislations in place.

Are Biodegradable or compostable materials the solution?
Biodegradable and compostable are different terms. Both biodegradable polymers and the compostable ones are decomposed by the action of microorganisms such as bacteria, fungus and seaweeds.

The main difference between both terms is in the deterioration time and conditions. Overall, a compostable material has a greater degradation by the environment than a biodegradable material.

A compostable material is always biodegradable but not the other way round.

To consider a material as compostable it should not leave fragments that last more than 12 weeks in the residue, it must be degraded within a determined time and proportions to established conditions, it cannot contain heavy Metals or toxins and the resulting compost must allow the growth of plants in a similar way to the one would grow in natural conditions. The mentioned requirements make compostable materials can be discarded in the organic waste bin and processed, a posteriori, in the composting plants for the production of compost.

Are these materials the ultimate solution?
Biodegradable/compostable plastics provide new opportunities, but also raise new risks and threats.

The lack of clear labelling or marking for consumers, as well as an appropriate collection and treatment of the waste, could aggravate the problem of the presence of plastic in the environment and create problems for recycling.

Due to the origin of renewable sources (corn, potato, rice, etc.) if there is substitution, largely of current plastics by these materials, it could jeopardize the food safety of producing regions and influence in the price rises of these agricultural raw materials.

The technical characteristics of packages produced with these materials are lower to the ones obtained with current plastics.

Bio/compost plastics are around 3 to 4 times more expensive than their counterparts obtained from the oil, for this reason, in many occasions the market does not want to assume this cost difference.

As a world-wide leader of fruit and vegetable packaging, Giró is currently in the final stages of development of a new range of compostable products for customers wanting this as an alternative. According to what is explained in the previous points, these materials are not the main sustainable solution advised by Giró. Our recommendation is in line with the recommendations of the European Commission that states: “A sector of intelligent, innovative and sustainable plastic where the design and the production fully respect the needs of reuse, repair and recycling”.

EcoGiró: Giro’s solutions for Sustainability and the Environment
Giró has outlined three proposals for sustainable packaging alternatives, two of them based on lightweight recyclable plastic containers and the third based on compostable materials.

The recyclable solutions allow a wide range of packaging typologies and the thermoplastic materials are polyolefins.

The compostable solution uses certified compostables. Nowadays, it is possible to produce compostable clipped bags, but in the future, it will also be possible to produce compostable thermal welded bags. Compostable bags must be deposited in an organic compostable container after use.

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EASYOPEN: The new “open and close” system for the Ultrabag net package

The new Easy Open system designed by Giró means you can open and close the bag easily and comfortably.

As part of the ongoing research and development from Giro, Nielsen research company were commissioned to find out from consumers what is the most important feature in a net bag. The results were conclusive and prove that consumers prefer net bags over other packaging options (plastic bags, paper or punnets) as visibility, breathability are the most important attributes in fruit packaging.

One in four consumers believes that the “open and close” feature is needed from a net bag hence the latest innovation from Giro! The Easy Open net bag, offers the consumer an unbeatable packaging system for fruit that integrates all the main benefits that consumers want in one bag: visibility, breathability, easy to carry and now easy to open!

Once opened, you can easily take out the number of fruits you require then using the adhesive tag you can easily reseal the bag

The Easy Open System is created using the GirBagger UB Machine

The Easy Open system can be installed in any Girbagger UB model, that means UB-50, UB-60 and UB-65 both in the first generation and the latest Speed Line model. Easy Open kit consists of a net cutting device, a registered label applicator and the software to control these devices. With these elements the GirBagger can make Ultrabag packs with the Easy Open feature, without forgetting that the GirFilm used for the packs must include the flap dye cut..

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NEW! Checkweigher for Round Bulky Products

Introducing the Nemesis KV checkweigher / weigh price labeller designed specifically for round products such as Melons, Swedes, Cauliflowers etc.

This flexible solution can be utilised as a checkweigher only or incorporate price weight / labelling facilities.

The video demonstrates watermelons being weighed and if weight-compliant they are then labelled before exiting the system.

The innovative design of the conveyors allows the products to stabilise as they are transported along the reclining twin conveyors allowing for complete weighing accuracy.

With the ability to weigh and label products up to 20kg, the KV series checkweigher is accurate and fast meaning that it can weigh more than 50 pieces per minute.

This machine is extremely flexible, in fact it is also possible to flatten the conveyors should you need to weigh trays and crates.

For further information, please contact Xact on 0151 479 3020 or emailinfo@xactpack.co.uk

MPERIA® L-Series – Clean High-Quality Marking Solutions for Industry

A leading innovative company producing single-use pump technology required a printing system for the application of traceability and identification codes to their valves all contained within a clean room environment.  Our MPERIA ® L-Series printing system incorporating the compact L12 print head was the ideal solution.

The client wanted to mark a drink dispenser pump valve with traceability and identification codes.  We were required to integrate our system into an automated assembly line incorporating quality testing for the patented dispenser valve, all of this was contained within a clean room environment.

Additional Info

Our MPERIA® L-Series printing system, incorporating the compact L12 print head offered unrivalled flexibility in comparison to other printers reviewed during the tender process. As well as meeting the general requirements of the coding application, other features & benefits key to the customer moving forward with Xact included;

  • High speed marking of high-resolution codes
  • The compact modular design of the system was suited to the limited space available within their assembly line
  • Our safe, non-pressurised ink delivery system operating food grade ink ensured their on-site and customer quality assurance procedures were met
  • No downtime for start-up or shutdown enhanced running and operational costs.

About the MPERIA® VIAjet™ L-Series Printing SystemThermal Inkjet Printer
With a variety of ink types and colours available, the VIAjet™ L-Series thermal inkjet printer is a clean, fast, and cost-effective alternative to thermal transfer and adhesive labels. It is ideal for marking and coding variable data in both primary packaging and industrial applications, imprinting onto paper, chipboard, corrugated, and plastics

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For further information about MPERIA® and our range of printing technologies, please call Xact on 0151 479 3020 or email info@xactpack.co.uk

MPERIA® – Delivering Unrivalled Power and Flexibility for Industry

A dairy processing manufacturer of cheese, powdered milk and butter needed an end-of-line coding solution for bags of powdered milk.  Our MPERIA® L-Series printing system not only has safe, non-pressurised food grade ink but the system also offers unrivalled flexibility in comparison to other printers reviewed during the tender process. As well as meeting the general requirements of the application other features & benefits key to the customer moving forward with Xact included;

  • The power and flexibility to manage the marking process remotely from the production office enhances ease of use and eliminates the requirement to visit the production area to manage print files, saving valuable time
  • High speed in-line marking of high-resolution product information and codes, with the print quality to match that of a pre-printed bag, despite the dusty operating environment.
  • Our safe, non-pressurised ink delivery system operating food grade ink ensured their on-site and customer quality assurance procedures were met
  • No downtime for start-up or shutdown enhanced running and operational costs
  • The scalable design and ease in which our MPERIA® printing system can be expanded as their business grows was another key factor in the decision-making process, as the customer plans to implement further systems on other packing lines next year. MPERIA® provides them with a future-proof system, ensuring their investment is secure.

About the MPERIA®  VIAjet™ L-Series Printing SystemThermal Inkjet Printer
With a variety of ink types and colours available, the VIAjet™ L-Series thermal inkjet printer is a clean, fast, and cost-effective alternative to thermal transfer and adhesive labels. It is ideal for marking and coding variable data in both primary packaging and industrial applications, imprinting onto paper, chipboard, corrugated, and plastics.

Click here to watch a video on MPERIA® and the benefits it could bring to your business.

For further information about MPERIA® and our range of printing technologies, please call Xact on 0151 479 3020 or email info@xactpack.co.uk

 

Another ‘Gritty’ Performance from MPERIA®

A world leader in the production of shot and grit needed a robust printing system for the application of general product information and manufacturing codes to bags and pallet hoods. 

Xact proposed the powerful MPERIA® platform operating a mix of VIAjet™ L and V-Series print heads, specially designed to perform in harsh production environments.  The L-Series completes the bag marking process, comprising of a production name date and batch code. The V-Series heads are used to print product name, description and codes to opposite sides of the cardboard pallet hood.

Additional Info

Key to the decision-making process and placing their business with Xact was the unrivalled flexibility our MPERIA® system provided the business. This included;

  • The ability to control all marking processes across multiple production lines, including a mix of our printing technologies, from one user interface
  • Seamless control and management of the marking process over an Ethernet network to PC’s located in the main office, including a VNC set-up, which provides the customer with complete visibility and control of both marking processes on the plant (including their integrated product database) without having to visit the production area. Local control is also available at the line for added security and flexibility
  • Our long-term expertise in the industrial sector gave added confidence in moving forward with Xact as it was essential the proposed solution could withstand the harsh operating environment of the grit and shot plant.

About the MPERIA®  V-Series Printing System

The MPERIA®  V-Series marking system is our robust and reliable large character drop-on-demand (DOD) valve technology specifically designed for challenging industrial environments.  The V-Series marks on porous and non-porous substrates including metal, paper and pulp, wood, concrete and plastic. Powered by MPERIA® , the Matthews VIAjet™ DOD valve print heads are considered the fastest in the industry, marking products at speeds in excess of 400 meters/min, with the longest life expectancy of any comparable technology.

About the MPERIA®  VIAjet™ L-Series Printing SystemThermal Inkjet Printer
With a variety of ink types and colours available, the VIAjet™ L-Series thermal inkjet printer is a clean, fast, and cost-effective alternative to thermal transfer and adhesive labels. It is ideal for marking and coding variable data in both primary packaging and industrial applications, imprinting onto paper, chipboard, corrugated, and plastics

Click here to watch a video on MPERIA® and the benefits it could bring to your business.

For further information about MPERIA® and our range of printing technologies, please call Xact on 0151 479 3020 or email info@xactpack.co.uk

 

Timber Industry Focus

Our range of printers are designed to operate effectively in the harsh production environments associated with the timber industry, and since 1980 we have been the European market leader in this sector. Our bestselling MPERIA™ ViaJet printing systems and range of PLX Labelling Machines represent the latest and most robust product coding and labelling technologies available, ensuring dependable long-term performance and reliability in the most demanding operating environments. The systems provide end-users with exceptional levels of versatility for the application of variable product information and traceability codes, as well as barcodes, logos and graphics direct to product or label media within a wide range of manufacturing processes.

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GirBagger: 10 Packaging Styles With One Machine

With more than 2,000 units sold worldwide, the GirBagger machine is our best seller and the market leader in the horticultural packaging business.

The GirBagger can produce up to 10 different types of bag styles. No other machine on the market has this flexibility. With the Girbagger you can optimise your investment in your machinery, not only due to the cost of it but also for the floor area saving.

The GirBagger is suitable for a whole range of products such as potatoes, onions, oranges, tangerines, kiwis, avocados, lemons, apples or peaches.  It is a sophisticated and intelligent machine which has the ability to interconnect many elements or devices, such as intelligent recognition system supplies (SCS) and interconnection with GirControl Plus.

The GirBagger machine is adaptable and can grow with your needs. You don’t need to start with the most equipped and expensive model, but any model can be modified according to the desired package results.

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‘EXACT 100’ Citrus Weigher

Save up to 12 tonnes of fruit per year with the BEST citrus weigher in the world!

The new ‘Exact 100’ is destined to be the best citrus weigher manufactured ever with its new innovative design.  Giró’s engineering team have invested more than 5 years of research and development to achieve an outstanding product which will become a breakthrough in the fruit processing business.  The Exact 100 is a high productivity and extremely accurate dynamic weigher combining the best features of both dynamic and static weighing technologies.  It has an innovative system based on robotic fingers that give the exact dose of fruit to each bucket. This bucket feeding can be done at high speed allowing to fill up to 48 pieces per second in the 8 buckets.  The high capacity buckets are driven through different carousels with a precise continuous movement. The brand new driving system is smooth and free of undesired vibrations.

State of the art in static feeding system: 

The ‘Exact 100’ has the most advanced feeding system with 8 “V shape” vibrating channels and 8 robotic holding fingers array accurately delivers all pieces towards the loading buckets. It enables a high fruit feeding pace: 3 pieces every 0.5 sec. Totalling 24 pieces bucket load by using 8 channels.

Highest accuracy dynamic weighing system:
The 4 bucket channels are driven by a revolving chained carousel through 4 weighing gates (equipped with 2 load cells each). The system uses 20 out of 68 buckets to attain the best weight combination, ensuring a 10 g accuracy on each weighed batch.

A new and smart mechanical driving system together with a sophisticated algorithm help achieve best bucket feeding according to the fruit caliber and target weight. Balanced bucket feeding is vital in order to have the correct possible combinations to find the target weight.                       

Easy maintenance, accessibility and hygiene

Another important aspect which Giró engineers focussed on when designing the Exact 100 is its easy maintenance and cleaning. In addition to employing robust and reliable mechanical systems and easy accessibility to the components that may require maintenance, it is also designed for simple and effective cleaning. The 68 buckets of Exact 100 can be easily removed using only one hand.  An automatic washer-sanitising machine will be launched with the machine which is ideal for both cleaning and sanitising the buckets increasing the lifespan of the machine.

The Exact 100 is a very versatile machine because it has 4 bidirectional output belts that enable it to feed a multitude of packaging machines.  It is possible to install four GirBagger machines or it can feed 3 GirBagger and 2 clipping machines like CA-9s or CA-10.

For further information on the Eact 100 please call Xact on 0151 479 3020 or email info@xactpack.co.uk